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Union Cabinet approves proposal for India-Sri Lanka ferry service

Chennai, Dec 3 (): The Union Cabinet today  cleared the proposal for a passenger ferry service between India and Sri Lanka. A Memorandum of Understanding will be signed officially soon between the two countries (India and Sri Lanka) for providing a joint system for passenger transportation between the countries, said Mr. G.K. Vasan, Union Minister of Shipping.

According to the press release, it is stated that, initially the proposal would start with passenger ferry service between Tuticorin and Colombo and subsequently extend it to other destinations, including Rameswaram and Thalaimannar.

The Ministry of Shipping ordered the Tuticorin Port Trust for creating an infrastructure for the commencement of the service.

The approximate distance between Colombo and Tuticorin is about 152 nautical miles and the duration of the travel will be about 10 to 12 hours. The passenger fare will be cheaper compared to the airfare between these two destinations.